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What do you see?

No, I did not take this picture, that’s a given fact, although I felt it could better help me explain my point in reference to Harold & Deluca’s reading. I decided not to name the image so that the viewer could imagine what they were seeing first and absorb the main shock it causes because indeed, seeing a Yat on top of a 2 floor building can be hard to take in. However, you can see the image and most likely imagine a tsunami was the cause to it, and that is the truth, but what else happened, what other factors of massive importance occurred surrounding that event, by looking at the image can you imagine that the cause of this tsunami was one of the strongest earthquakes registered in history, or that it also triggered what could have become a nuclear meltdown? That is why I defend the point of the power of combining both image and words.

FYI: Previous authorization from the professor was requested before uploading this illustration since its not an original of mine.

Abel

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Kelly
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Abel this image is a really great example that demonstrates how images can create emotion and shock among viewers, that maybe can’t be done just through text alone. I agree with you that context and images combined can have a lot of power to an audience because it sparks an even deeper level of emotion then having the two apart.

Mallory
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This is a very disturbing photo, and unfortunately there are many like it. I have been to New Orleans twice since Hurricane Katrina and you are forced to look at many sites like this one. There really are no words to explain the site, it is really the visual imagery that provokes emotion.

Erin
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Your point is very well made; without giving a title to the work, my initial reaction was shock and confusion. It drives me to want to learn more about the situation and the earthquake, and see what I can do to help. The people walking around in the photo adds an even more human element to it, which puts the scene into perspective.

Amarilis
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You got the point. And I totally agree with you about the fact that although a photo could express a lot of things there’s a need of supporting it with text so people get the correct message. I think pictures are difficult because their interpretation may vary from person to person depending on their personal beliefs, attitudes and backgrounds.

Joel Skelton
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This is a very interesting picture. There was a tornado in Texas that overturned an RV park, scattering these metallic beasts like rag dolls over the landscape. It was horrible, and only serves as a testament to Gaia’s majestic forces.

Eilin
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I agree with you Abel. Harold & Deluca’s reading did make a good point by comparing both images and text. If you see this in a cartoon you could probably laugh but when you see it in real life and read the article about the tsunami it smacks you in the face and make you realize what actually happened.

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